Winter 2023 Respect & Connect Series Unveiled
Issued by the Trail Community Action Team
All are Welcome to the Trail Community Action Team Speaker Series
In its effort to reduce stigma towards people who are struggling in our community, the Trail Community Action Team has four events planned for February and March 2023 in its Respect & Connect speaker series.
“People dealing with mental health issues, struggling with drug use or simply without a home are confronted with stigma of all sorts. They may be denied housing or a job, and are often dealt with poorly in our community,” says Diana Daghofer, co-chair of the Trail Community Action Team.
“This series will help people understand the basis of addiction and stigma, and learn practical ways to deal with people who may be perceived as disruptive,” notes Kristen Bird, a nurse educator. “The series will help us all create a better and more understanding community.”
The Respect & Connect series starts on Monday, February 6 and includes:
Event #1 and #4 – THE WAR ON DRUGS – WE LOST. HOW WE CAN TURN IT AROUND
A talk by Diana Daghofer looking at the causes of addiction and examples from other countries who have successfully dealt with it.
Two Dates – Monday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. United Church Hall, 1300 Pine Avenue, Trail, BC.
Cost: Free. Note: This presentation is also available to businesses and community groups, upon request. Please contact us by email.
Event #2 – HOMELESS DE-ESCALATION 101
Trauma basics & the five most important seconds of conflict – a presentation by Ryan Dowd, of Homeless Training.
Presented in conjunction with Coldest Night of the Year. Join us for both events!
Saturday, February 25, 3:00 p.m. Location: United Church Hall, 1300 Pine Avenue, Trail, BC.
Event #3 – ROOF – One-man play by Lucas Myers
ROOF is a humorous yet socially conscious one-person show, in which Lucas Myers weaves together elements of stand-up comedy, physical theatre, and his trademark brand of observational humor to raise issues around mental health, addiction and homelessness. As Dave and Stevie attempt to collaborate on a roofing project, the characters are forced to confront their own assumptions.
Date: Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. Location: Bailey Theatre, Trail
Cost: $25 admission for adults; $10 people 30 and under
For more details, look for the Respect & Connect posters or go to the TCAT Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TrailBCCAT.
The Trail CAT is made up of health professionals, people with lived/living experience, service providers and youth advocating and taking action to save lives and change drug policies – changes needed to end deaths from the toxic drug supply. It includes members of Moms Stop the Harm, ANKORS, REDUN, Career Development Services, and local citizens and youth.